DeKoven’s Advent Silent Retreat

December 3-5, 2010
Canon Katherine Clark
The Rev. Travis DuPriest

The Retreat begins with a Gathering Reception Friday evening at 5:00 and closes on Sunday morning, following the Holy Eucharist and Brunch The hours follow the familiar monastic pattern of Prayer, Eucharist, Meditation, and Silence.

“How many miles to Bethlehem?”
English nursery rhyme

Our conductor acknowledges that our lives in God often seem balanced between now and not yet, as if we are living within a certain timelessness of time. Each year, though, Advent works its own alchemy. Advent hymns are sung, antiphons read, lessons heard. We listen, we wait. And for these weeks, we know without knowing that the now and not yet we balance are not two realities but one. In Advent, what will be is already embedded in what is. What is gives new light to what will be. “An altar candle sheds its light/as surely as a star.”

In much the same way, the familiar birth narratives that shaped our childhood contain seeds of the common spiritual journey, Kitty suggests. Like the shepherds, we are struck to our knees by awe, perhaps very early in our lives. Like the Wisemen, we journey by starlight through deserts unnamed and turns unexpected. “How many miles to Bethlehem?” “Come and see,” Kitty invites.

Suggested donation: $200.00
Commuter rate and partial scholarships available
For reservation, email
For information on the retreat itself, email

New windows

Window Installation
Summer is bringing renovations and updates to the DeKoven Center campus.

On Tuesday, July 27 contractors replaced four second-story storm windows in the East Building. One of the old windows had blown out in a recent storm and exposed the interior of the building to the elements.

Also this month, volunteers cleared out the basement under the Great Hall to make room for a kitchen renovation project that is scheduled for the fall. Horlick High School parents and students helped with the project, which will eventually result in a full catering kitchen for the Great Hall.

‘Following God’s will in this time of turbulence’

Dr. Timothy Ts’o to lead a day-long conference at The DeKoven Center on Saturday, Aug. 21

RACINE, Wis. – Dr. Timothy Ts’o will lead a conference titled, ” Following God’s Will in This Time of Turbulence through our mental health and spiritual growth,” on Saturday, August 21 at The DeKoven Center.

Dr. Ts’o is a board-certified psychiatrist with 51 years experience. His experiences in medicine and psychiatry combined with his own spiritual practice and growth gives a unique authenticity to his presentations.

The day-long conference is divided into four sections focusing on topics including spiritual growth, the evolutionary perspective of spirituality, mental health, and consciousness. The conference will run from 9am to 4:30pm. The suggested donation is $75 and includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and morning and afternoon refreshments. Complete scholarships for clergy, Seminarians, and Religious are available.

For reservation, email or phone 262-633-6401

Models at DeKoven

The DeKoven Center had a brush with the fashion industry in recent weeks.

Jockey International, based just south of DeKoven in Kenosha, used our historic gym and grounds for an advertising photo shoot. Models donned various outfits and posed in front of elaborate lighting schemes setup by the crew. Organizers liked DeKoven’s vintage gym, and then came back to take advantage of the picturesque grounds.

Here’s a photo of the crew setting up in the DeKoven gym:

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